Lifestyle: I read An Unsuitable Boy from the middle (yup, the Love and Sex chapter first!) and then went back to somewhere in the middle and continued till near the end. It was an entertaining read, but nevertheless, I made time to call a friend who is not so much into Bollywood to not buy the book. Because, besides the soul-searching bits, it’s really for fans of Karan Johar and great for anecdotal value on snatches of conversations with Shah Rukh Khan and the mythic Aditya Chopra. Karan Johar’s confession about being a huge Hindi film buff and a fan of Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Aapke Hain Kaun was also laced with humour and one could almost see a schoolboy Johar judging anybody who had unkind things to say about the film.
But, then, unkind is what I’m about to be too. When I finally decided to read from the start of the book, I wanted to hit my head against the wall. Okay, not discounting the rigours of an introverted child, who was teased as being “pansy”, I can’t imagine why I would want to know about the one girl in his building who befriended him (and remains his friend even now…they meet up only twice a year now, sadly…know what I mean?). One of the two times his mom slaps him is when she finds he has quietly gone through a box of chocolates. Also when he came back from boarding (we’ve all heard the story about Twinkle Khanna prompting him to run away from hostel), he gained readmission into his old school by the skin of his teeth, but traumatically, somebody put him in 6C instead of his old 6A. I remember thinking, at that point, that this chapter could be essential reading for schoolkids going through a tough time (of course, take out the chapter on Love & Sex).